Category Archives: Dept. of Education

State education administrator fired after complaints

Mitch Kruska was dismissed in March after alleged bullying and harassment of colleagues and questions about his attempts to use state education money for a special program in Lake Oswego. Source: State education administrator fired after complaints

Oregon Education Admin Fired After Harassment, Bullying Complaints

The Oregon Department of Education has fired a high-ranking administrator with little fanfare after mounting complaints about alleged bullying and harassment of colleagues and questions about his attempts to use state education money for a special program in Lake Oswego. Source: Oregon Education Admin Fired After Harassment, Bullying Complaints

Complaint filed with ODE alleges Title IX violations over South Eugene ‘Axemen,’ wants statewide ban on gender-specific mascots

The Oregon Department of Education is investigating a formal complaint filed with the department by a Eugene resident alleging that the Eugene School District violated Title IX and school policies by using the South Eugene High School Axemen team name. The complaint also requests that the state implement policies to bar schools from using gender-specific […]
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Homeless family fights to keep son off streets at night

Salem homeless shelters rarely serve boys between ages 12-18, forcing some families to make the difficult decision to let a son sleep on the streets. Source: Homeless family fights to keep son off streets at night

Editorial: Don’t rush to weaken class time rules

The Oregon State Board of Education meets Thursday in Salem, and one item on its afternoon agenda is a discussion of easing instructional time requirements for school districts around the state. Three groups — the Oregon Education Association, the Oregon School Board Association and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators — want the state to […]
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A3 Vice Principal Ed Mendelssohn resigns

He told the alternative school’s governing board Wednesday evening that the decision to dissolve A3’s charter prompted his resignation. Ed Mendelssohn, the vice principal of the Springfield district’s ­Academy of Arts and Academics, announced in a statement Wednesday evening that he’s resigning from his position at the alternative high school. Source: A3 Vice Principal Ed […]
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Don’t let districts cheat high school students out of their education: Editorial

Educational leaders routinely bemoan the measly length of Oregon’s school year, one of the shortest in the country. They lament that Oregon students receive a year’s less education by the time they graduate from high school than their counterparts in Washington state. Source: Don’t let districts cheat high school students out of their education: Editorial […]
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Editorial: Bend schools’ selective love of data

When the Bend-La Pine Schools wanted to figure out if it should change when school begins for high school students, it began by looking at the data. But what’s so great about data? The state — with some cooperation from the Bend school district — has actively undermined efforts to research student performance. So why […]
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Principal of Riverbend Elementary in Springfield accepts job with state Department of Education

She was nearly fired two years ago from her position at another school. Riverbend Elementary School Principal Deborah Lange soon will leave her job to work for the state Department of Education. Lange, who nearly was fired two years ago from another job as a principal in Springfield, will become the Oregon Department of Education’s […]
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Bill ousting parent from State Board of Education sputters

The Senate Majority Office confirmed Friday that a bill that would have effectively ousted Portland Public Schools parent Kim Sordyl from the State Board of Education is dead for this year. A bill that would have effectively ousted education advocate Kim Sordyl from the State Board of Education has been laid to rest for this […]
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